Alexis de Tocqueville observed almost two hundred years ago that “the future of American democracy depends on nurturing and perpetuating the ‘habits of the heart’ that sustain a dynamic civil society and effective democratic government.” The habits of the heart that we nurture at Campbell Hall - love, compassion, faith, honesty, integrity, love for and careful pursuit of the truth, appreciation for diversity, and the capacity to problem-solve in diverse teams - are the very traits that will make our students better citizens of their city, this country, and the world.
It is hard to ignore, as we are about to begin a new school year, that our democracy seems in some respects to be sliding off the rails. Political leaders equivocate, hate groups are emboldened, university campuses host violent protests rather than reasoned debates, and opposing factions narrate radically different and even contradictory histories and visions for our country. I am so glad we will soon be immersed once again in the weekly rhythms of spiritual and intellectual inquiry that make Campbell Hall such a beacon of sanity, civility, and hope. Our work together has never been more relevant or important. The students we are educating in healthy habits of heart and mind can indeed be the light of the world. The best response we can make to political dysfunction is to double-down on our mission as a community of inquiry. So welcome back and let’s get to work!
The Rev. Canon Julian P. Bull is the third headmaster of Campbell Hall (est. 1944), a K-12 Episcopal school in Los Angeles, California.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, his Master’s in Philosophy from Boston College, and his Master’s in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Canon Bull is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church.
Prior to coming to Campbell Hall in 2003, Canon Bull served as Head of Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans, and as the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Chair of the Diversity Committee, and Director of the Senior Humanities Program at Albuquerque Academy.
Campbell Hall is an independent coeducational day school for grades K-12, located in Studio City, CA. We are affiliated with the Episcopal Church and its 500-year history of academic excellence, and are also one of the most religiously and racially diverse schools in southern California.